MLB Opening Day: Cubs Lose First Game as Champions, Yankees Fail to Beat Rays

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 04/03/17 08:15AM EDT

The Chicago Cubs came into the MLB season as the reigning World Series champions for the first time in 109 years. However, the Cubs lost their first game as champions against their rivals St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

On the other hand, the New York Yankees also lost their Opening Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Finally, Madison Bumgarner put on a show for the San Francisco Giants, but their bullpen imploded again in the loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cubs lose first game as champions

The Cubs are the favorites to win the 2017 World Series, but they started their season with a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals scored first in the third inning and added two more in the eighth.

Wilson Contreras tied the game at 3-3 at the top of the ninth inning, but Randal Grichuk hit the walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cardinals the win. Jon Lester pitched five innings, allowing seven hits, one earned run, and two walks while striking out seven batters.

Carlos Martinez, on the other hand, had a great outing for the Cardinals. He pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just six hits and striking out ten batters. The Cubs and Cardinals continue their opening series on Tuesday, April 4.

Rays beat Yankees at Tropicana Field

Masahiro Tanaka had a terrible outing for the Yankees, as he allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings as the Rays won the game 7-3. Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison both hit home runs off Tanaka, as the Tampa Bay scored seven runs in the first three innings. The Yankees were able to score two runs in the second but failed to add until the final inning.

Madison Bumgarner hits two home runs in loss

For the first time in MLB history, a starting pitcher hit two home runs on Opening Day. Bumgarner, who carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, hit one in the fifth and one in the seventh inning, but it was not enough to prevent the 6-5 walk-off loss as the Giants' bullpen failed to keep the lead.

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